Development

COLUMN

Is Laziness the Cause of Economic Inequality?

Americans and the British lean toward moral weakness, but the rest of the world blames government policies.

Bruce Stokes |

Case Studies

For the People, By the People in Indonesia

How one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt countries gave power over funding to its poorest citizens.

Rushda Majeed |

Lab Report

How to Bring Brazil's Economy Back to Life

The policies that helped Brazil to healthy growth over the past decade have lost momentum. The next president will need bold new ideas that look beyond the short term. Third in our series of Lab Reports on Brazil.

Rob Dwyer |

Argument

A Way Out of Crisis

Robust reform can seem impossible for governments mired in corruption. But the solution is pretty simple: Focus on policies, not politics.

Kristen Sample |

Argument

Is China Still a 'Developing' Country?

A look at Beijing’s favorite rhetorical trick.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

The Virtues of Modesty

Too often reformers treat progress toward democracy as if it were a matter of all or nothing. Here's a plea for the messy approach.

Brian Levy |

Argument

Keep It Black

Egypt's government is preparing to domesticate the country's informal economy. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.

Rachel Williamson |

Argument

Mozambique's Moment

With a growing economy and a freshly-signed peace agreement, Mozambique's future looks bright. But it needs to act now to avoid the perils of the resource curse.

Robert Looney |

Report

Preventing the Next Argentina

Efforts to fix the global debt system grind on with no quick fix.

Jamila Trindle |

Dispatch

'If You Take Away Land, You Take Away Life'

Cambodia's prime minister made a promise to tackle the country's most nagging social problem. Now his compatriots are taking him at his word.

Christina Larson |

Argument

We Could Have Stopped This

Public health officials knew Ebola was coming. They know how to defeat it. But they’re blowing it anyway.

Laurie Garrett |

In Box

Is Polygyny a Slave to History?

How the slave trade patterns of centuries ago are still shaping African marriages today.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

Moscow's Next Victim

Moldova could be the Kremlin's next target. But Europe isn't ready to come to the rescue.

Vladimir Soloviev |

COLUMN

The Political Magic of Roads

Is real democracy possible without highways?

Christian Caryl |

Report

Argentine Default Bad Test Case for Sovereign Debt Negotiations

Messy bondholder fight could complicate future defaults.

Jamila Trindle |

Feature

High Times in Beijing's Bus Bar

Manic bartenders, midget bouncers, and snorting ketamine off tables: remembering Beijing when it was still cool.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

The Cure for Ebola Is Accountability

Africa's Ebola outbreak isn't just a health care problem. It's also about a crisis of governance.

Blair Glencorse |

Dispatch

How Do You Say 'Kimchi' in Kinyarwanda?

South Korea is offering lessons from its own economic ascent to Rwanda and other African countries -- and bringing business, cuisine, and rice paddies along with it. 

Jonathan W. Rosen |

Lab Report

Turkey's Economy: Now for the Hard Part

The years of easy growth are over. Turkey can only sustain its economic success by undertaking bold reforms. The second in our series of Lab Reports on Turkey.

Murat Ucer |

Argument

A Checklist for a New Afghanistan

The new unity government has many challenges before it, but also the opportunity to build self-sufficient governance and economic growth.

Mohammad H. Qayoumi |

Argument

Africa's Free Trade Hangover

Why African leaders have growing doubts about the virtues of free trade.

Rick Rowden |

Argument

Why East Africa's Borders Are Blowing Up

Lines between countries used to have little importance in Africa's most dynamic region. How times have changed.

Daniel Branch |

Argument

Turning Good Intentions to Action

How the United States should refocus and retool its soft-power economic diplomacy.

Robert Mosbacher Jr. |

COLUMN

The Global Gilded Age

As inequality between countries has fallen, inequality within countries is rising -- with worrying consequences.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Why Haiti Needs a National Dialogue

Four years after a devastating earthquake, Haiti remains a mess. It's time to bring Haitians from all walks of life into a national conversation about the country's future.

Clare Lockhart |

Argument

Development Déjà Vu

How can the new BRICS bank avoid repeating the same mistakes and egregious human rights violations of the World Bank?

Lauren Carasik |

Argument

The Missing Link

In 2013, 57 percent of people living with HIV were women. So why has the media frenzy around Truvada, a drug regime that could help prevent infection, excluded them?

Andy Kopsa |

Investigation

When Wall Street Went to Africa

A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. 

Christiane Badgley |

Argument

People Power

The United States has the blueprint for a smarter way to make peace. Now it has to use it.

Christopher Holshek |

Christian Caryl

Rwandan Shadows

Twenty years after the end of a genocidal regime, Rwandans are still trying to come to terms with the destruction of their world.

Christian Caryl |